Welcome from Producing Artistic Director Terri Kent

In 2020, we're in a New York State of Mind!

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to announce Porthouse Theatre’s 2020 season. Although our theatre sits on 130 rolling acres in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, we are in A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND this year. Our shows are all set somewhere in New York City!

First stop is a florist shop on Skid Row, where Seymour, an orphan and a nerd, is taken in by the owner, Mr. Mushnik. Seymour spends his time dreaming of the shop assistant, Audrey. One day, Seymour discovers a strange plant with a rather unique appetite. He brings it to the flower shop, and names it Audrey II. The plant grows and grows. So does Seymour’s infatuation with Audrey. Who will get the girl? Come to our season opener, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, to find out!

The next stop is Brooklyn! BKLYN (Brooklyn) The Musical is a play within a play. A troupe of street performers take stage to share a story from their lives. They knit together the adventure of a young girl who arrives in Brooklyn to find the father she never knew. Together these stories intertwine to create a show that is touching and inspiring. BKLYN The Musical draws the audience into a live theatre experience to remember.

The season finale is set on the West Side. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transformed into modern-day New York City. Two young, idealistic lovers find themselves star-crossed between warring street gangs -- the Jets and the Sharks. Tony and Maria want to find “A place for us”. They struggle to survive the hate, violence, and prejudice on the streets of the city. WEST SIDE STORY is one of the most moving and relevant musical dramas of our time.

So, please join us for a picnic on the beautiful, bucolic grounds of Porthouse Theatre. Then sit back and relax into a New York, New York state of mind!

Next summer marks my 20th Anniversary as Artistic Director. I look forward to celebrating this milestone with you. Thank you for two decades of magic!


Terri Kent

Producing Artistic Director